What's the difference between being arrested and being detained? - Police Encounters - Know My Rights

What's the difference between being arrested and being detained?

"Arrested" means you have been taken into custody and can't leave. You can be "detained" for a short period of time if a police officer or other person believes you may be involved in a crime. In either case, you should assert your 5th Amendment right to remain silent and speak to an attorney before saying anything to the police.

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